I purchased my first portable phone in 1988 and soon realised that talking while driving was dangerous. I adopted the practice of pulling over if safe to do so, or stopping when safe to call back. I strongly believe that talking on the phone while driving should attract a similar penalty to low-range drink driving, and texting similar to high-range. I have no time for fools who endanger innocent lives.
Mark Hillard, Redland Bay I read your article with interest and much sadness. My mother lives in Chinchilla and I have driven past where Kiere Rose died. I have seen the flowers by the roadside and wondered about the circumstances of her death. As a road user I am appalled by the number of drivers I witness daily texting while driving. We used to survive without phones.
Dianne Clifton, Currimundi I was confronted by the article as I saw what I thought were my benign behaviours (checking texts and emails at traffic lights) listed next to those I condemned (actively texting, taking or conducting calls while driving). I realise my hypocrisy and have put my phone away while behind the wheel.
Lindsey Berger, Albany Creek What a waste of life for a moment's distraction. I insist my kids put their mobiles in a bag on the back seat set on “silent”. Every message can wait.
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